Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Kim Potter-Blair today announced the promotion of Cortney Shewmaker to assistant director of the Division of Probation and Parole. Shewmaker assumed her new duties today.

In her new position, Shewmaker will oversee operations and staff within the Division of Probation and Parole in the absence of the director. She will also assist the director in providing direction and guidance to supervisory staff. The Division of Probation and Parole currently has 45,660 offenders on probation or parole supervision and 798 staff.

Shewmaker served as deputy administrator for the Interstate Compact Office overseeing parole operations for the past two years. The Interstate Compact Office controls the movement of probationers and parolees across state lines and provides for the appropriate supervision of these offenders.

 “Cortney is a top-notch employee who has served the Division of Probation and Parole with honor and integrity,” said Potter-Blair. “Her experience, knowledge and dedication have made her a valued member of our team, and we are looking forward to the contributions she will make as part of our senior level leadership team.”

Shewmaker began her career with the Division of Probation and Parole as an officer in District 14 in 2005. She had previously worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts and as a deputy jailer. While an officer in Lincoln County, she was a member of the Lincoln County Drug Court team. In 2007, she was promoted to assistant district supervisor for District 14. In 2009 Shewmaker served on Probation and Parole’s compliance team as the division worked toward re-accreditation with the American Correctional Association (ACA). She has also served as a trainer for the department’s risk/needs assessment tool.

Shewmaker is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She is also a graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program.



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